Interview with Boogie Fever Disco Band

Boogie Fever Disco Band
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Describe the band
Boogie Fever is a high energy Southern California based 70's disco band accurately reproducing the greatest hits of the 70's disco dance era. What sets us apart from other tribute bands is we are ALL-LIVE. No backing tracks or pre-recorded music.

Does the band's name have any significance?
Not really. It was picked from the trend of selecting tribute band names based on popular disco songs. There was a reason for picking the name. It sounds like the name of another well known disco tribute band and also, it puts us on the top of the alphabet so we are usually on the top of most web pages.

How long has the band been together?
Since 2000

How did you come up with the concept for the band?
We were basically copying what other bands were doing but with a twist. As I mentioned, we vowed not to use backing tracks from day one and so far it's worked well for us. It's funny, our "gimmick" is playing our own instruments and singing in real time. That's why our slogan is "the last honest disco band".

Describe your first performances.
Rough to say the least. As I mentioned, I had been playing in other disco bands, but when I formed this band, I pulled guys from other bands that were playing different styles or music. Some guys think disco it easy, it ain't, if you want to do it right. It took a good 2-3 months of steady weekend gigging to get tight. Luckily, we scored a steady gig right from the get go, so it was like a paid rehearsal for us.

What kind of response do you get from your audiences?
Incredibly positive! We, as musicians, have all played in various bands in the past but disco seems to get the people excited and jumping. Inthe past, I would play a jazz gig for about 10-20 people who were sometimes appreciative. On July 3rd of this year, we played for over 10,000 and they were going crazy. That kind of energy and appreciation is addictive.

How many vocalists do you have?
We all sing! So that would mean five . . .

Where did you grow up?
In Southern California.

How early did you start singing / playing?
I am a multi-instrumentalist. Without writing a book, I will say that I started picking up instruments in my early teens and middle elementary school years.

Was anyone in your youth an inspiration to you?
Yes. I had two very good band directors in jr. high and high school. Also, my two college professors at my local jr. college were also inspiring. Other than that, I was schooled by the great musicians that fueled rock on the 70's. Zeppelin, Yes, Rush, Kansas, Heart, etc.

What drew you towards the music you play?
Money, fame and fortune. To be honest, I had heard of the kind of money show bands could make, and I was burned out on every other kind of music having graduated from casual, blues and jazz bands. I wanted to try something different and this was it. So far, it has been the most satisfying and rewarding band I have ever been a part of.

Do you have any musical training?
Yes, I have a BA in Music Performance and Instruction. I also played in about five different college jazz bands as a bassist for 10 years.

What is your most memorable experience with music?
Being boooked to perform in Grand Cayman and actually pulling it off. The logistics of it was mind boggling. Since I am also the booking agent, travel agent, manager, den mother and band leader, Grand Cayman was our first big trip and it came off without a hitch. It was at that point that I knew I could make it all work with the band. Since then we have done a number of trips out of state and out of the country. Everyone is a logistical nightmare, but so far, I've been able to pull it off everytime.

What mixture of originals / covers do you perform?
We do all 70's disco! No originals, all covers.

What is your favorite venue?
I have had the most fun with our gigs in Las Vegas. We also dig performing for private events because we get treated better as opposed to performing in clubs. We quit doing clubs years ago.

Where is the farthest you have traveled for a gig?
Puerto Rico so far. We have also performed in Hawaii. I am not sure which is farther. I am still trying to get a tour together in Europe and possibly a gig in Florida.

Tell us about the musicians you perform with.
All great guys. They all have their little personalities, but we all get along great. All are accomplished musicians and have a good work ethic. They understand the business side of music and none have the wannabe rock star ego's and associated problems that go along with that, that plague so many other bands.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened at a gig?
I don't think I can go into detail on this, but I will say it involved a number of female fans on stage in various stages of undress that were quite uninhibited.

Have you done any radio or TV performances?
Yes, both.

Do you use any props or special effects at your performances?
We do when we are asked to provide lighting. Then it's out with the disco ball, fog machine, the whole nine yards.

Do you use any vintage instruments?
Not really. All our equipment is less than 10 years old. The guitar, bass and drums are fairly basic soundwise. I use modern keyboards, but I've tweaked the sounds to make them less rich and complex to try and capture more of a simple 70's sound.